TV ratings woes for Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faced some unhappy news on Friday, with the announcement of the ratings for his widely broadcast television appearance on Thursday night.

Erdoğan had a busy day on Thursday as he put his election campaign into high gear, speaking at rallies in two towns before appearing on an interview broadcast by Kanal D and CNN Türk, two popular nationwide channels.

Yet ultimately it was a day to forget for the president, as he made a series of absurd statements and appeared to forget his lines during the interview.

In that sense it was perhaps lucky for Erdoğan that his interview was not more widely viewed, only amassing a 1.78 percent share of the day’s viewers, placing the interview at 27th place on Thursday’s television ratings list.

The interview’s late start after 11PM may account in part for the lack of enthusiasm, as could the fact that the day’s three highest-rated shows were all being shown while the president was on air.

However, with just weeks until votes are cast in the Jun. 24 parliamentary and presidential elections, Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) may see the lack of interest as a troubling omen.